New agriculture courses headed to RCC

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, there is a severe need for soil scientists and unless replacements are found by 2010, the U.S. may not have enough to conduct vital research. “The USDA is scheduled to retire most of their work force next year and there’re no soil scientists to fill their places,” said Heather Smith, an instructor for the life science department at Riverside City College.

Summer music festivals offer something for everyone

What do children look forward to in the summer? Swimming pools, ice cream and carnivals. What do music junkies look forward to in the summer? Concert tours and festivals. Summer is where everything happens, including city-wide festivals and performances to nationally touring concerts.

Honoring the bravest among us

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid,” said former President Harry S. Truman. “They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifice.” This statement still holds true today as those who preserve our freedoms and serve our country are thought of with the utmost respect as they fight to preserve the freedoms which Americans hold dear.

ASRCC takes care of its own

“Are people these days seriously asking for deodorant donations?” Student Jeremy Mendia gawked as he overlooked a flyer. He looked flustered. “Man, what is the world coming to when people can’t afford this kind of stuff. I really can’t believe it.” As unbelievable as it may seem, it is a reality for many people today.

News briefs

‘Luck be a lady’ at RCC At 8 p.m. on June 5, the Landis Performing Arts Auditorium will be featuring “Guys and Dolls.” This comedic musical takes place in New York and features a cast of high-rollers, nightclub performers and a mission worker singing classics like “Sit Down You’re Rockin the Boat.

Kids and art invade downtown

Downtown was pretty empty, as would be expected at 12:30 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. Walking around the corner onto Mission Inn Avenue, tents at various venues, were being set up by volunteers for the day’s activities. By one o’clock downtown was no longer empty and the last “First Sundays” of the season was in full swing.

Oberst looking at brighter days

Conor Oberst is back and he’s a lot happier than usual. The introspective angst quality of Bright Eyes has been stripped away as Oberst’s second self-titled album emerges with blissful odes and acoustic lullabies. Last year, Oberst set aside his Bright Eyes moniker and teamed up with the Mystic Valley Band for a second time to begin work on their newest album, “Outer South.

Summer is the new Fall

Since “Transformers 2” and “G.I. Joe” don’t appear to be the blockbusters everyone thought they would be, why not stay in and enjoy good storytelling for free. These Summer TV shows offer original stories told by great actors without competing for attention against a slew of mediocre network programming.

Not so sweet: Bristol Palin is new teen ambassador

There are a select few who should not be put in the position as a role model for today’s youth and Bristol Palin is one of those people. On May 5, the Candie’s Foundation, which promotes abstinence among teens, announced that Bristol Palin would be their new teen ambassador.

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